Grimms' Fairy Tales
How we cite our quotes:
Now it happened that a prince came to the forest one day, and when he arrived at the dwarfs' cottage, he decided to spend the night. Then he went to the mountain and saw the coffin with beautiful Snow White inside. […] he said to the dwarfs, "Let me have the coffin, and I'll pay whatever you want." (Snow White.188)
We're not sure which is more disturbing, the fact that he's basically trying to buy a bride, or the fact that he's attracted to a dead chick. Still, let's roll with it.
The king then went over to the tree and saw the beautiful princess with the gold star on her forehead. He was so enraptured by her beauty that he called up to her and asked her if she would be his wife. She did not respond but nodded a little with her head. (The Twelve Brothers.35)
Because marrying someone you just met who can't even give verbal consent is awesome. Oh wait, that's not right.
So the king sent a message to the other bride telling her to return to her own kingdom, for he already had a wife, and whoever finds his old key does not need a new one. (The Twelve Huntsmen.246)
You know, since wives are just like keys. At least the tale ended in marriage for someone.